US Divorce Rates Reach 35-Year Low
A number of recent studies indicate that divorce rates in the United States are lower than they have been in 35 years. Researchers from the Natural Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University have different theories as to what is causing the rate to decline by so much over the last few years.
The following are some of the most prominent theories:
- Fewer marriages: Some studies have shown that Millennials (people born between 1984 and 2000) are not getting married at the same rates as previous generations — or at least are waiting to get married until they turn older.
- Marrying older: By waiting to marry until they are older, Millennials may be in a better place in life to have a steady marriage than previous generations, who tended to marry when they were much younger.
- Changing gender roles: Generally, women today are no longer expected to be homemakers. Men and women now often share the responsibility of earning salaries to support their homes. This could have an impact on how people see their marriages as well, as there may be less of a financial power dynamic in relationships.
- More cohabitation: More people are choosing to live with their romantic partners, either instead of getting married at all or leading up to their marriages. People who live with their partners before getting married could find themselves better prepared for what married life has in store for them.
Although divorce rates overall appear to be on the decline, millions of couples still find the need to dissolve their marriages across the United States each year. If you would like to learn more about your options, meet with a dedicated divorce attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.